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Pakistan's Musharraf Granted Bail

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FILE - Pakistan's former President and head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party Pervez Musharraf salutes as he arrives to unveil his party manifesto for the forthcoming general election at his residence in Islamabad, April 15, 2013.

FILE - Pakistan's former President and head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party Pervez Musharraf salutes as he arrives to unveil his party manifesto for the forthcoming general election at his residence in Islamabad, April 15, 2013.

A court in Pakistan has granted bail to former president Pervez Musharraf for the 2007 commando raid on a militant mosque that left a cleric and dozens of other people dead.

The ruling brings Musharraf a step closer to possibly being released after spending months under house arrest.

The former general has now been granted bail in all the cases brought against him since his return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile, including one relating to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and later ruled as president until resigning under threat of impeachment by his opponents in 2008, at which point he went into exile.

He returned to Pakistan in March in a bid to resurrect his political career.
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